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Those margaritas were sure tasty going down yesterday. However, the ache in my head tells me I regret them.  Even though I feel like my head is in a vice grip, I’m going to keep a smile on my face today.

Smiling leads to happiness and I am trying to spread happiness all over.  Just call me Johnny HappySeed, or not, I can’t tell you what to do.  But I do think you should smile today…. a lot.  People won’t expect it on a Monday, trust me. make monday matter 18 Did you know that children laugh about 400 times a day.  Take a guess what that number is for adults.  Go on guess, I will tell you a little later.  Let a number settle in your brain.

People who smile are judged to be more pleasant, attractive, sincere, sociable, and competent.  Those are all things that I want to be.  It seems so simple, the more you smile the more people like you.  Unless you are creepy, then your smile just makes you creepier Gary Busey.

Smiling is contagious and besides it keeps you from getting sick, or so I am told.

You know something else, no matter where you go or who you meet a smile can never be misconstrued as a gang sign.  In India it is offensive if you shake with your left hand because that is the hand you use in the restroom if you catch my drift.  These are the things I remember from college.

Have you guessed how many times a day the average adult laughs, did you guess four?  If you did you are way off and need to smile more.  The actual number is fifteen.  The average adult laughs only fifteen times a day.  That means kids laugh twenty-five times more than we do.  Let’s make an effort to change that, at least for today.

Are you a smiley person?
Know any weird cultural customs?
Think Gary Busey is awesome?

Written by Christina and Tim

Hi ho, hi ho…that weekend went by too fast, no?

We had a completely exhausting weekend full of trying to sell all our junk.
Who forgot to tell me how exhausting garage sales are?  It was fun, but it didn’t leave room for any crafty projects or bathroom remodeling time.

Now that all our leftovers are packed up in donation boxes, I have been thinking about more major donations. monday matter 17 Every day eighteen people die while waiting on a transplant.  That’s almost the whole Duggar family, insert sad face right here.  There are over 97,000 people in need of one or more organs right now and 300 new transplant candidates are added to that list every month.

When I was growing up I had a really close friend whose mom was in need of kidneys, we collected soda tabs to raise money and I said a prayer for her every night.  I often sit and imagine all those families and all those prayers that could be answered just by signing up to donate organs.

I have had the organ donor box checked on my license since I was sixteen, thanks in part to watching everything my friend had to go through.  There is no age limit on who can donate, and I always figure that there is no reason for two lives to be lost.  In fact your organs could save multiple lives…if that isn’t giving you a warm fuzzy feeling I don’t know what would.

Sometimes it is not enough to just check that box though, you should let your family know that you wish to donate your organs too.  Then there is no doubt should anything happen.

Are you an organ donor?
Know anyone that has received an organ donation?
How do you feel about those Duggars?

Written by Christina and Tim

I hope you all had weather as pretty as we did here in Missouri.

Tim & I worked until every muscle in our bodies gave out to take advantage of the sunny skies and cool breezes.

I am sore y’all.  I can’t even lift my hand without all my muscles protesting their very existence.  I am going to start working out….tomorrow.  For today I will just bust out the Icy Hot and make our Monday mission an easy one. sixteen Did you know that a burglary occurs every fifteen seconds?  That means in the time it takes you to read all this jibberish, there will have been about 10 robberies.  Over half of those robberies happen during the day.  Don’t mind me I am just sitting at work right now worrying about those statistics.

I personally tend to be a worrier, so doors are locked and alarms are set and dogs are on guard.  So this came as a surprise to yours truly, a whopping 32 percent of robbers just walk in to burglarize you.  Yes, they just jump in your open window or stroll right through that front door you ol’ trusty Rusty.

I know there are a lot of wonderfully fantastic people out there, but there are also plenty of people with their eyes on your flat screen mmmkay.  Just lock up my friends, that’s all I am sayin.

Wait, I lied that’s not all I’m sayin.  Keep yourself safe first, but keep an eye out for your neighbors too.  Look for suspicious activity, maybe even join Neighborhood Watch and put one of those nifty signs in your window.  Talk to your neighbors, bake them cookies, and let them know when you’ll be out-of-town so they can keep their eyes peeled.

Tim & I have been working hard at getting friendly with our neighbors and attempting to bring back that sense of community that we remember from our flashlight tag days of yesteryear.  Although there have been no cookies baked yet.

Have you ever been robbed?  I have…twice!
Have a great sense of community?
Any tips on how to be a better neighbor?

Written by Christina and Tim

So if you know me well, you know how quickly I get bored with things.

For instance, my parents let me try anything and everything as a kiddo.  I think they were hoping that one day I would become an Olympian in something…anything.  I played the violin, took ice skating lessons, soccer, gymnastics, tennis, piano, cheerleading, debate, volleyball, and the list goes on.  The only thing they refused me on was playing baseball, I still say that could have been my hidden talent but the world will never know because I was not down with softball.  Back to the facts Jack, do you want to take a guess at how many of those things I still do today?  Yup, zero.  None, nada.

Why I thought it would be a great idea to stick with the same graphics for the same project for a whole year is beyond me.  I am not over the project, but I am definitely over the same old graphic week after week.  So meet the new fresh look of Make Mondays Matter…along with this weeks challenge. getyourrideon Did you know only ten percent of workers rideshare?  There are so many advantages to carpooling that it is shocking more people don’t do it.

The obvious reasons are saving gas, preventing wear of you vehicle, and maybe even making a friend.  Carpooling will also lower the amount of hydrocarbons, carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides, and all those other fancy sciency emissions that your mother warned you about.  Then you can start getting all idealistic and dream of less traffic and no more potholes, as long as we can get everyone on board.

This week I am going to chit chat with our HR department to find out if we have any sort of ride share program set up already, if not I know I can find at least one person living in my neck of the woods.  Then all I have to do is tell them that $2,520 can be saved every year by each person in a 40-mile roundtrip rideshare and then start thinking of ways to spend that money.  If nothing else, maybe I will channel my inner New Yorker and jump on some public transit.

Have you ever carpooled?
Are you lucky enough to walk to work, or even work from home?
Got a crazy bus or train story?  I am all about those.

Written by Christina and Tim

Man oh man…what a weekend.

We went bowling, had a bonfire, and worked in the yard all weekend long.  I even got a little sunburn on my nose.  I guess I forgot to go all lifeguard with the zinc-blue nose.  Did you do anything fun?

This should be an easy one for everyone…in case your weekend wore you out.  Even those of you that went out riding mechanical bulls can handle this. monday matter We all have those books that are just lying around collecting dust.  If you like to read like us then you probably have tons and tons of them.  You may choose to dress them up, or put them in a gorgeous library, or you may want to clear up some shelf space for your new adventures.  I don’t think this Monday needs much convincing, but just in case. the facts the plan Can you even imagine a life without books?  It is so sad that this is such a reality for so many little ones.  Let’s help them out shall we.

Speaking of books, got anything amazing you’ve been reading?
What was your favorite book as a child?
Have you seen the “book instead of card” trend catching on for showers?

Inspired by the book “Every Monday Matters

Written by Christina and Tim

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My ears are still clogged….can you believe it?

I thought this Monday’s task would be impossible, but since I am still under the weather I am now thinking it might not be so bad.  You ready for this… monday matter I know, I know…it’ll be hard.  If you’re like me then your phone is attached to your hand at all times.  When I forgot my phone at home a couple months ago my whole day seemed off kilter.  I was all “the world needs to see this perfect frozen custard…the girls who are dieting will be so jealous ohhh wait”.  I get it.

But really think about how often our phones are glued to our hands, and how much we are missing.  I wonder about all the beautiful sights that pass me by while I am checking Facebook.  I mean what if P. Diddy is throwing white party invites out and I just walk on by staring at my little screen packed with gossip.  I could be hanging out with the Beibs instead of stalking who Selena is snuggling up to nowadays.

 Can you think back to when we were tots and roamed the streets with no way of contacting anyone, those were the days.  Aliens could have abducted us and no one would know until we made it back home for dinner.  Now you can check-in on the spaceship, and show breaking photos, and get their digits while you’re at it.  Holler for the little green guys.

So today, and only today because I may go through severe withdrawals (sad, but true) I am leaving my phone home.  I have plenty of gasoline, and if I do break down I feel like at least one car will have a cell phone that I can borrow after promising I don’t have bird flu.  I wonder how much Tim is going to miss me blowing up his phone with dreams of goldendoodle puppies.

Are you addicted to your cellular?
Can you go a whole day without it?  A whole week?
Will Facebook file a missing persons for me tomorrow?

Written by Christina and Tim